hinder

verb
hin·​der | \ ˈhin-dər How to pronounce hinder (audio) \
hindered; hindering\ ˈhin-​d(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce hindering (audio) \

Definition of hinder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make slow or difficult the progress of : hamper Their journey was hindered by snow and high winds. economic growth hindered by sanctions
2 : to hold back : prevent, check His financial troubles hindered him from buying a home.

intransitive verb

: to delay, impede, or prevent action uncertain whether the changes would help or hinder

hinder

adjective
hind·​er | \ ˈhīn-dər How to pronounce hinder (audio) \

Definition of hinder (Entry 2 of 2)

: situated behind or in the rear : posterior a long oval forward part and a taillike hinder portion— R. E. Coker

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Other Words from hinder

Verb

hinderer \ ˈhin-​dər-​ər How to pronounce hinderer (audio) \ noun

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Verb

hinder, impede, obstruct, block mean to interfere with the activity or progress of. hinder stresses causing harmful or annoying delay or interference with progress. rain hindered the climb impede implies making forward progress difficult by clogging, hampering, or fettering. tight clothing that impedes movement obstruct implies interfering with something in motion or in progress by the sometimes intentional placing of obstacles in the way. the view was obstructed by billboards block implies complete obstruction to passage or progress. a landslide blocked the road

Examples of hinder in a Sentence

Verb

The witness refused to cooperate, hindering the investigation. The country's economic growth is being hindered by the sanctions. It's not clear whether the change will help or hinder our project.

Adjective

the animal's case of mange was especially bad in its hinder parts
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

National security adviser John Bolton and other American officials have warned that Chinese investments in Israeli technology could hinder intelligence ties. Dov Lieber, WSJ, "Chinese Investment in Israel Raises Security Fears," 11 Feb. 2019 In the court documents, Bennett reportedly says that the experience hindered his acting career. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Asia Argento played her sexual assault accuser's mom in film, called him 'my son, my love' on social media," 21 Aug. 2018 Like other federal agencies, its operations have been hindered by the partial government shutdown. John D. Mckinnon, WSJ, "U.S. Close to Ending Its Facebook Privacy Probe," 18 Jan. 2019 The move comes just a few months after Verizon received heavy criticism for throttling emergency responders’ unlimited plans in California, hindering the firefighters’ ability to provide emergency services and battle the Mendocino wildfires. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Verizon offers emergency first responders discounts on unlimited plans," 6 Dec. 2018 Steve Sisneros, managing director of airport affairs at Southwest Airlines, points to Kansas City International as an airport that has become uncompetitive, hindering Southwest’s ability to fly there. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "Airports Are Building, and Vying for Business, More Than Ever," 14 Nov. 2018 Pelosi’s critics have argued that her reputation as an outspoken liberal and legislative activist has hindered Democrats’ ability to win swing districts. Matthew Green, Vox, "What Pelosi’s defenders miss," 29 Oct. 2018 So all of these myths, these false choices, and these ways in which we’ve been divided and torn apart are actually hindering our ability as a country to fully be successful and whole. Rebecca Traister, The Cut, "Cages, ‘Infestations,’ and the Demonization of Immigrants," 27 June 2018 The driving ban had been a stain on the country’s reputation and hindered women’s ability to contribute to the economy. Aya Batrawy, Anchorage Daily News, "Saudi women take the wheel as longstanding driving ban ends," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of hinder

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hinder

Verb

Middle English hindren, from Old English hindrian; akin to Old English hinder behind

Adjective

Middle English, from Old English hinder, adverb — see hinder entry 1

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The first known use of hinder was before the 12th century

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hinder

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hinder

: to make (something, such as a task or action) slow or difficult

hinder

verb
hin·​der | \ ˈhin-dər How to pronounce hinder (audio) \
hindered; hindering

Kids Definition of hinder

: to make slow or difficult Snow and high winds hindered our progress.

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